WKU Research Day
Wenzhou-Kean University's (WKU) Student Research Day 2020 online kickoff event and the was held at 10:00 a.m. on April 22. More than 500 WKU students presented 260 posters and thirty 3-minute research oral presentations. 1253 attended the keynote address, via live stream.
Eric Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Wenzhou-Kean University vice chancellor for academic affairs and Kean University associate, gave the opening address. His speech highlighted the achievements of WKU students and faculty and promised continued support for collaborative research at WKU. Jeffrey Toney, Ph.D., Kean University provost and vice president for faculty and research, greeted the WKU community and expressed his excitement about the record breaking number of participating students. Toney went on to discuss the importance of research engagement in student learning and encouraged students to continue their research endeavors.
Siew Woh Choo, Ph.D., an associate professor at WKU's College of Science and Technology, delivered the keynote address. Choo received his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Cambridge and has published more than 60 articles in prestigious journals, including Nature and Genome Research. In his Keynote speech entitled "My Road Map to Become a Scientist," Choo described his research career in Malaysia, Singapore and the UK, and shared his findings in bioinformatic genomics.
He advised students that idea exchanges, transferable skills and time management play an important role in research success, in addition to building theoretic knowledge and an academic network. Choo believes that “curiosity, competitive, collaboration, opportunity, passion and taking risks” are vital attributes of good researches. He concluded by inviting WKU's enthusiastic student researchers to work towards one day joining his research team.